Well, the local news is all het up about the Princeton Review rankings for colleges and universities in my state. The headline for the story in today’s Denver Post (both in print and on-line) is “Higher, headier ed on campuses in Colorado?” Well, only two of our colleges apparently have that reputation, and they’re pretty much the ones you would expect–the University of Colorado, Boulder, came in at third for pot use, thirteenth for party school, and fourteenth for liquor use; and Colorado College is seventh for pot. Dog bites man, anyone?
Fortunately, Baa Ram U. is not listed among the top drinking or drugging schools, but has the dubious distinction of ranking seventh in the category of “class discussions rare.” That’s unsurprising–the other top schools in that category are also old Aggie schools whose traditional emphasis is science, engineering, and technology. Still, it makes Historiann something of an eccentric in offering comparatively few lectures and spending at least half of class time on discussions. My students aren’t that difficult to engage in class discussion, but then, they don’t act like they’re just dying to talk in class, either.
How did your schools rate? Are you pleased, or were you dealt rank injustice this year? Check it out here, and report your results in the comments.